Enjoyed a pretty amazing weekend at Wizard World Chicago Comic Con the past few days. It was the first time I’ve ever gone to Comic Con, and I owe a huge thanks to Mort Castle and author track moderator Genese Davis for reeling me in to the programming… which also led to being part of a revolving author table in the Exhibit Hall. Genese set up all of the author panels, and asked Brian Pinkerton and I to manage the shared author table, so I was at the convention from Thursday night through Sunday afternoon.
On Friday evening I spoke on a panel moderated by Genese about “Villains” with old Twilight Tales pal Darren Callahan. One of the largest panel crowds I’ve seen since the last time I was on a panel at Dragon Con a few years ago.
Over the course of the weekend, I saw some old fans and hopefully made some new ones. I was able to spend a bunch of hours hanging out with one of my favorite Chicago author pals, Brian Pinkerton, and also caught up with Mort, Jane Castle, Jay Bonansinga, Raymond Benson, Sam Weller, Jeff Jacobson, Michael A. Black, Darren Callahan and met Rebecca Makkai!
Plus… Geri and Shaun got to come down yesterday to check out all of the costumes and merch and while I was working the table, she met one of her idols, Ralph Macchio. All in all… a pretty good time, as pretty good times go!!
The convention was right across the street from one of my favorite brewpubs, Park Tavern, so I ate there almost ever day, and celebrated the end of Comic Con with some chicken nachos and Wild Onion Misfit IPA at one of my favorite places.
Here are some pix:
THIS WEEK, my short story collection Sacrificing Virgins is on a 99 cent e-book sale on all bookstores. Yep, just a buck a Virgin! What a deal!
Seriously, this book includes the best short fiction I’ve written over the past 10 years, including some tie-in tales to my novels Siren, NightWhere and The Pumpkin Man… so I hope if you haven’t given it a read yet, you’ll grab a copy and check it out.
And if you have any friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc. who enjoy horror… I’d really appreciate any help you can give in sharing a link to the book to spread the word! Samhain Publishing rarely puts my titles on their catalog on sale, so I really want to make sure a bunch of people discover this book while it’s cheap over the next few days! Here are links to Sacrificing Virgins on a few stores where it’s available for a buck:
Sacrificing Virgins has had a bunch of great 5-star reviews over the past few months since its release. Here are a couple from Amazon and Barnes & Noble:
From The Horror Fiction Review
Wow, these are some excellent stories! Beautifully written, dark, evocative, spooky, sensual, each with its own unique blend of mood and emotion … disturbingly erotic, weird, powerful, mingling dread and humor … all with precise, intense effect. There are ghost stories, murders, infestations, a guy in love with his answering machine, revenge, deadly dunk tanks, twists, kinks, and shocks. What would you do if you found a beautiful body buried on the beach? If you thought you had a chance to bring a loved one back from the dead? If you got tired of the deal you made with the devil? This may be one of my toughest challenges yet in terms of trying to select my faves.
Love this book
It’s hard to even know where to begin while talking about Sacrificing Virgins by John Everson. I could easily write 500 words analyzing each of the 25 stories here, but the best way to experience this book is by reading it. One thing that I will say though is that this book is a template for what great horror stories should be. Sacrificing Virgins has moments that are shocking, violent and downright disgusting. These are all things that horror fans want but for me what makes a great horror story is characters that you care about and can relate to. Then you have to put them in a bad situation where it looks like they can’t escape…Every story in this book is a lesson on how great horror literature can be and it’s a can’t miss book for real horror fans.
Gotta love reviews like that!
So… there ya go. If you happen to have already read the book… please consider leaving a reader review on Amazon or one of the other bookseller pages (those reader reviews really do help convince other readers to check it out)… and if you haven’t read it yet… please give it a go this week!
Where else can you get a virgin for a buck?